# 2005 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 9

## Problem

Three tiles are marked $X$ and two other tiles are marked $O$. The five tiles are randomly arranged in a row. What is the probability that the arrangement reads $XOXOX$? $\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{1}{12}\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{1}{10}\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{1}{6}\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{1}{4}\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } \frac{1}{3}$

## Solution

There are $\frac{5!}{2!3!}=10$ distinct arrangements of three $X$'s and two $O$'s.

There is only $1$ distinct arrangement that reads $XOXOX$

Therefore the desired probability is $\boxed{\frac{1}{10}} \Rightarrow \mathrm{(B)}$

## See also

 2005 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 8 Followed byProblem 10 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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